Commuters generally take a similar if not identical route every working day of the week. The fact is that they grow to know the route intimately and could probably do it whilst reading the Times and eating a piece of toast. What do they need a sat nav for? Isn’t this a case of Sat Nav Overkill?
Well according to TomTom it’s an added value to their experience…by adding traffic data enabling them to avoid pinch points, jams and the other joys of commuting. Like others, here at App Developers UK we have our doubts as to the actual need for this extra data. And what happens if everyone on the same commute gets the same information and takes the same avoiding actions, diversions? Logic would suggest that they create a jam elsewhere on the route and hence generate more data for their device and hence and so on in a never ending jamtastic journey to work. Seriously though isn’t it time to put the brakes on technology for technology’s sake? This is just one example of delivering data just because we can.
But according to TomTom the whole point is to get this auto piloted journeys into the TomTom gambit. Then again the customer is going to drive this concept and in our opinion leave it parked on the hard shoulder. Don’t do it Mr TomTom, instead develop something useful like a live parking data feed so we can find a car park without having to tour the vicinity searching for SPACES.
In fact that would be a great idea, wonder if there’s an app for that? Probably. If you know of one, that works, really works…. please let us know, we all want one of those!